Alberta Summit on Justice
Public Consultation -September 16, 1998
Presentation by Paul Lowe
This is about children. There was a time when we had faith, hope and charity. I have to tell you respectfully that we are losing that faith, hope and charity in the bureaucracies. We have to distance ourselves. Children need faith and hope. They need their Daddies and their Mommies.
When marriages break up there are far too many children lost to poverty. Our social services are no help what-so-ever to these little ones. When marriages break down, 92% of children end up so close to poverty. This has to end. We have to put people who love their children together. We are all children. At my age Iam still a child. If we don't look after these children we are in a pretty sorry state.
Only 3% of children ever experience violence at the hand of their natural father. One example is a father who is 47 years old, has a job earning $65,000 per year and almost bankrupted himself to have access increased to 18%. This is a crime against our children.
I beseech the Premier to look at the fathers. One thing that happens is children are allowed to be a pawn. If someone decides to get a little angry, well, it's "you can't see them this weekend." The statistics are there that there is a violent generation coming up. I ask you to thank your judges for that one. They like to be autonomous, but in matters of Family Law we are all people. We may not always be right but we have to try for our children. Our grandparents are so important to the children's lives. Were are they?
How many families break up today? It's a tragedy. Our children, they need us. We have to change things for our children. Would little Johnny be a criminal if he grew up to call somebody Dad? I want to mention the system in the U.S. which is fabrieating to rise up and strike a Militia to fight these things. This is how serious this situation is in North America. Our court system must understand that they can no longer allow children to be victimized. This may mean taking some of the bad lawyers out of the system.
I took one year and monitored the court systenn. There are some judges who don't like me but I can't help that. Things need to change.